Countryside Crafts

  • Frame basketsTuesday 22 May 2018
    FULL
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 10am-4pm The course Make a willow frame basket using Somerset grown willow. Frame baskets are ideal for gathering and storing eggs and picking soft fruit. The tutor Linda Mills has been working with willow since 2004, she sells her products at... (more info)
  • Weave a rush basketSaturday 11 August 2018
    FULL
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 9.30am-5pm The course During the course, participants will have an opportunity to make their own woven rush storage basket using the indigenous common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris) harvested from the river Thames. Working on wooden formers, you will be using this wonderfully... (more info)
  • Weave a rush matSunday 5th August 2018
    9.30am-5pm The course An opportunity to make your own woven rush mat using the indigenous common bulrush, Scirpus Lacustris, collected from the river Thames. You will be using this wonderfully supple material and techniques common to basketry to create a unique mat to treasure. The tutor Rachel Frost has been a professional historic milliner for... (more info)
  • Weave a rush hatFriday 10th August 2018
    FULL
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 9.30am-5pm The course An opportunity to make your own woven rush hat using the indigenous common bulrush, Scirpus Lacustris, collected from the river Thames. Starting with your own custom-made hat block, you will be using this wonderfully supple material and techniques... (more info)
  • Weave a rush bagSunday 12th August 2018
    FULL
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 9.30am-5pm The course An opportunity to weave your own rush bag using indigenous common bulrush, scirpus lacustris. Working on wooden blocks and using techniques common to basketry, each participant will complete a medium sized bag with optional handles. The tutor Rachel... (more info)
  • Corn dolly workshopSaturday 1 September 2018
    10am-5pm The course The aim of this workshop is to impart the history and development of this ancient craft, as well as the practical skills involved in weaving corn dollies.  During the day participants will learn: about the materials used, how to prepare the materials, a range of weaving techniques with several different designs The... (more info)
  • Grass basketsFriday 7 September 2018
    Credit to Ruby Taylor
    10am-4.30pm The course Spend a day making a small coiled basket from grass. Learn about the types of grasses that can be harvested and how to process these. You will make a basket that is sturdy and perfect for storing eggs or other similar sized objects. After the day you will be looking at verges... (more info)
  • Reed mace basketsSaturday 22 September 2018
    Credit Ruby Taylor
    10am-4.30pm The course Make a small woven basket using locally foraged wild reed mace, Typha latifolia (often known as ‘bulrush’). It’s a lovely material to work with as it’s gentle on the hands and amazingly versatile. You’ll learn two different weaves as well as a border technique and there will be a range of sample... (more info)